Festival celebrates Gullah culture

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Photo above: Drummers Harvey Pollack, center, and Kaman Nesbit entertain an energetic crowd at the 31st Annual Gullah Festival on May 28 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Nesbit said Pollock’s other drummer never showed up so he offered to help. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Brent Morris, left, as Percival Drayton of the Union Army, and Michael Skinner, as Thomas Drayton as a Confederate, level their muskets at each other during a re-enactment of the true brothers during the Battle of Port Royal on Nov. 7, 1861. The two brothers wrote to each other often and discussed the Civil War but never faced each other until that day. As the two men raised their rifles visualizing “brother against brother,” a discernible gasp could be heard from the crowd. Without making a sound, the two men then lowered the muskets and just walked away.
Brent Morris, left, as Percival Drayton of the Union Army, and Michael Skinner, as Thomas Drayton as a Confederate, level their muskets at each other during a re-enactment of the true brothers during the Battle of Port Royal on Nov. 7, 1861. The two brothers wrote to each other often and discussed the Civil War but never faced each other until that day. As the two men raised their rifles visualizing “brother against brother,” a discernible gasp could be heard from the crowd. Without making a sound, the two men then lowered the muskets and just walked away.
Anita Singleton Prather as Aunt Pearly Sue entertains with a Gullah story during the 41st Annual Gullah Festival at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
Anita Singleton Prather as Aunt Pearly Sue entertains with a Gullah story during the 41st Annual Gullah Festival at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
Thomas Roy Kicks, left, president and CEO of the Gullah Festival, accepts a SC House Resolution from S.C. Rep. Michael Rivers, D-Beaufort/Colleton, during the 31st Annual Gullah Festival.
Thomas Roy Kicks, left, president and CEO of the Gullah Festival, accepts a SC House Resolution from S.C. Rep. Michael Rivers, D-Beaufort/Colleton, during the 31st Annual Gullah Festival.

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